Creating a family foundation is yet another way to include charitable gifting in your estate plan. This option, however, if best used when you have considerable assets to gift and the time to run the foundation once it is established. The benefits of using a foundation as your charitable gifting vehicle are numerous though, starting with the amount of control you will retain over how your gifts are used. In addition, creating a charitable foundation makes it much easier to involve your children … [Read more...] about What is a family foundation?
A donor advised fund or annuity may also work for your gifting. It works by transferring gifted assets into the fund. Although you will no longer own the assets, you will be able to direct how the funds are used. If you gift to an annuity, you will also be able to choose the beneficiary who will receive the benefits from the annuity. … [Read more...] about What is a donor advised fund?
For many people, a trust does offer several advantages that a Will cannot when it comes to charitable gifting. For instance, you can retain a significant amount of control over how your designated charity uses the assets you gift through the trust terms you create as the Settlor of the trust. In addition, when you create a trust, you choose a Trustee who is responsible for managing the trust and protecting the trust assets, offering additional reassurance that the assets you gift will continue … [Read more...] about Should I use a trust to make charitable gifts?
Making gifts in your Will is certainly the simplest way to make a charitable gift; however, there are several drawbacks to using this method. First and foremost, gifts made using a Will do not allow you to retain any control over how the gift is used by the beneficiary. Once a gift is made in your Will the funds or assets gifted become the property of the recipient with no strings attached. If it matters to you how your assets are used by the charity, gifting in your Will is not an ideal option. … [Read more...] about Can I use my Last Will and Testament to make charitable gifts?